The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957

The Golden Age of Couture: Paris and London 1947-1957

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Edited by Claire Wilcox

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  • Publisher: V & A Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 246mm x 308mm x 20mm | 1,361g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1851775218
  • ISBN 13: 9781851775217
  • Illustrations note: 100 colour, 70 black and white
  • Sales rank: 28,250

Product description

This lavish book focuses on Parisian and British couture between 1947 and 1957, a decade that Christian Dior described as fashion's 'golden age'. Dior's 'New Look' collection of 1947 shocked and delighted the fashion world, creating a style that symbolised a new femininity. The full skirts and hour glass silhouettes were considered highly decadent, synonymous with luxury and extravagance, in marked contrast to the austerity of the war years. Nevertheless, the 'New Look' caught the public imagination and ushered in a period of remarkable creativity. "The Golden Age of Couture" features stunning gowns and exquisite tailoring from designers such as Balenciaga, Balmain, Givenchy, and Dior as well as evocative photographs by the likes of Richard Avedon and Cecil Beaton.

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Author information

Claire Wilcox is Senior Curator in the V&A's Textiles & Fashion department. She curated the highly successful exhibitions Vivienne Westwood, The Art and Craft of Gianni Versace, and Radical Fashion, and edited the accompanying books.

Customer reviews

By Natalie 11 Mar 2009 5

I recently attended "The Golden Age of Couture" exhibition in Bendigo (Australia), which is based on this book. The pieces on display were utterly breath taking. Being highly interested in vintage fashion, I fell in love with the exhibiton and NEEDED to own the book!

The book has lots of pictures which are outweighed by informative text. The book is set up as follows: Introduction, Dior's Golden Age, Inside Paris Haute Couture, London Couture, Textile Manufacturers & Haute Couture, Dior & Balenciaga, Cecil Beaton, The Visual Culture of Couture, The Legacy of Couture.

This book is an exciting piece of fashion history, pieces made and worn by the rich and famous... it's all very decadent. A must have for any aspiring designer. Get it for the information as much as the pictures. Very inspiring!

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'Captures a time when dressing was an elegant art' Elle